Oppn slams India’s foreign policy

BJP targetted Prime Minister in connection with coal block allocation and other scams.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 2, 2013 3:01 pm

The government came under attack in the Rajya Sabha over handling of domestic matters like economy and corruption as also its foreign policy in the wake of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s death in Pakistan and Chinese incursion.

BJP targetted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with coal block allocation and other scams.

Attacking the government for “subverting” institutions,including the JPC,Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said these issues raised were “contradictions on the eve of the winding up of the Raj”.

He said the needle of suspicion points to the Prime Minister in the coal scam investigations,as he was the Coal Minister when the coal block allocations were made.

Jaitley said this was the first time the investigating agency shared its reports with the possible suspects in the coal block scam.

“These are contradictions on the eve of the winding up of the Raj,it is very clear today,” he said,as he raised various issues that pointed to the failure of the government’s policies in handling them.

“This government has inherited an Indian dream. It has converted it into a nightmare. This is what people of India feel,” Jaitley said as his party staged a walkout as the Finance and Railway Bills were taken up.

Jaitley attacked the government on the Chinese incursion into Indian territory,saying it is not able to understand the situation as “no reaction was coming up”.

On government’s interference in the CBI,he said,“Whatever facts have come forward,some businessmen are benefitting…the needle of suspicion is towards the Prime Minister,who was the Coal Minister at the time. Law Minister is giving a reply,we are not interested.”

Others who joined the BJP in its attack on government included leaders of BSP,AIADMK,DMK and SP,while Trinamool Congress staged a walkout as they were not allowed to speak.

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